Do Male Workers Prefer Male Leaders? An Analysis of Principals' Effects on Teacher Retention

40 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2018

See all articles by Aliza N. Husain

Aliza N. Husain

University of Virginia - The Curry School of Education

David A. Matsa

Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Amalia R. Miller

University of Virginia - Department of Economics

Date Written: November 2018

Abstract

Using a 40-year panel of all public school teachers and principals in New York State, we explore how female principals affect rates of teacher turnover—an important determinant of school quality. We find that male teachers are about 12% more likely to leave their schools when they work under female principals than under male principals. In contrast, we find no such effects for female teachers. Furthermore, when male teachers request transfers, they are more likely to be to schools with male principals. These results suggest that opposition from male subordinates could inhibit female progress in leadership.

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Suggested Citation

Husain, Aliza and Matsa, David A. and Miller, Amalia R., Do Male Workers Prefer Male Leaders? An Analysis of Principals' Effects on Teacher Retention (November 2018). NBER Working Paper No. w25263. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3286884

Aliza Husain (Contact Author)

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David A. Matsa

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Amalia R. Miller

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